Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Parasol Fan

Parafan? Fanisol? I don't know, but I want one. It belongs, like most things I want, to the Metropolitan Costume Institute. They have dated it to "the third quarter of the 19th century." Good enough for me. There is no written description, but it looks pretty brilliantly straightforward to me. You carry around this thing that looks like a fan, but it swings open 360 degrees (must fasten open somehow). Then at the pivot point there is a stick on a hinge, which you straighten out (and again this must somehow get fixed in place). Voila, a traveling parasol. It is just too clever. I need to make one of these!

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